All posts by Martyn Green

The Antidote to Ambition

We’ve reached that time of the season again. Silly season. November and December see clubs panicking and sacking managers everywhere as their seasons don’t pan out quite how they had hoped. But what is perhaps most fascinating about the managerial merry-go-round at this time of the season is just how far clubs will reject the high-minded ideals they prepared for in the summer, in order to stay in the land of milk and honey. Continue reading The Antidote to Ambition

Road to Wembley 17/18: 1st Qualifying Round

We are through the preliminary rounds, and now we get into the proper qualifying rounds. Alright, so it’s not that straightforward a way to number the rounds, but it works, and our FA Cup Reporters continue their individual Roads to Wembley. This time, we have fewer games, but goals galore! Continue reading Road to Wembley 17/18: 1st Qualifying Round

Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: October 89

Want to catch up on previous episodes? Pre-Season 89 August 89 September 89

I honestly think we’ve turned a corner. We’re unbeaten in five, winning four, and although we finished September in the same position we started it, I feel we have the momentum. The double delight is working a treat, and despite conceding a couple against Swindon I think it’s made us more solid. The centre forwards might be struggling to find the net as often as I’d like, but Liam O’Brien is keeping us in the hunt. Next up, we take on Brighton, who have actually started the season worse than us. There’s a rarity. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: October 89

Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89

Let’s not beat around the bush, August was tough. In modern football, I’d probably already be out on my ear, looking for a new job, and hated as part of the ‘Cockney Mafia’ in Newcastle. As it happens, probably only the last one is true at the moment. I should have taken the job at Leyton Orient. I know them. And they have no expectations. But here I am, more beloved Wearside than Tyneside, and it doesn’t get any easier. The international break won’t save me in the Second Division – seven games, five of the top eight. Including the top two. Great. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89

Weekend Preview 18/08/17

Well, last week saw the return of the Premier League, and it threw up some interesting results. The dissatisfaction at Chelsea is clearly greater than we all believed, while Liverpool’s defensive frailties continue apace. Arsenal squeezed through their game with Leicester, and a seemingly revitalised Jamie Vardy, and who could have seen Huddersfield’s demolition of Palace? This week sees the return of the Bundesliga, and we’ll be hoping for just as much excitement there.

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